Karen Brodkin is the President of Business Affairs at William Morris Endeavor/International Management Group Worldwide (WME/IMG). IMG, acquired by WME in December 2013, is the global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 30 countries around the world. In this role, Brodkin oversees business affairs across IMG’s Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance, IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Consulting, Licensing, and Joint Ventures divisions, as well as creative management agency Art + Commerce. In addition, Brodkin is actively engaged in IMG’s business and strategic development and sports/media consulting.
Previously, Brodkin was the Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at FOX Sports Media Group. While at FOX, she oversaw the business and legal affairs team that negotiated professional and collegiate media rights acquisitions with organizations including the NFL, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, NHL, UFC, MLS, Pac-12, Big 10, Big 12, Big East and the ACC, as well as all FOX Sports’ production, programming and talent agreements. Brodkin was part of the team that launched the Big Ten Network in August 2007 and later FOX Sports 1, which launched in August 2013 in over 70 million homes.
Prior to joining FOX, Brodkin spent five years as an entertainment attorney at two Los Angeles-based entertainment firms, where her clients included Garth Brooks, Spike Lee, Warner Brothers, and New Line Cinema. She began her career as a corporate attorney specializing in labor and employment matters in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Brodkin received a B.A. in Political Science/Art History from University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif.
Brodkin is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council, and serves on the Southern California Advisory for CAL Athletics, the Sports and Entertainment Leadership Council for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, and the Host Committee and Advisory Board to the Los Angeles Olympic Trials-Marathon. In April 2015, she was honored by LA Family Housing for her work in helping families transition out of homelessness and poverty, and in June of the same year, joined the LA Family Housing’s Board of Directors. Brodkin has been recognized by Broadcasting and Cable (Women in the Game, July 2011); Women in Sports and Entertainment-WISE (Los Angeles Woman of Inspiration, December 2011); and The Sports Business Journal (Game Changer, October 2011). Brodkin was a featured columnist in the Summer 2015 edition of CSQ: C-Suite Quarterly (“Los Angeles: My Kind of Sports Town”). She resides in Pacific Palisades, CA, with her husband, Chris Watson, their son, Quincy, and two adopted beagles.